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By Donitra Clemons, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Antiques may not be the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of shopping in Rio, but before tiny bathing suits, Carnival and football (soccer), the city was one of the world's busiest ports. Wealthy and soon-to-be wealthy European traders settled in the area and brought their aesthetic with them, and this influence can be found in some of the wares they left behind, now sold in shops, stalls, and fairs throughout the city.

European cities may have a stronghold on the antiques market in terms . . .

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